Pundit Danny Mills has praised Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson after taking the lead on how Premier League players can help during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 29-year-old has been contacting fellow Premier League captains to organise a fund that will help support the NHS staff during these unprecedented times.
All football in the UK has been suspended until further notice due to the increasing number of cases. With medical experts suggesting that the virus has yet to peak, it is unlikely we will see any action any time soon.
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock urged footballers in the upper leagues to take a pay cut and make a contribution to support those fight against the illness.
Speaking to the Football Insider, Mills believes that Premier League players need to set a similar example to what Henderson has.
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“It is a tricky situation because the PFA will be wanting to protect all of its players”, he said.
“Although the Premier League players do not need protection from wage cuts, they have all of the power. The PFA has always been about strength in numbers. Those in the Premier League can write off a month’s money and it would not affect them but if you ask a League Two player to do the same it could be catastrophic.
Newcastle United defender Danny Rose told BBC Radio Five Live’s Friday Football Social (03/04, 17:20) that Henderson has already been in contact with him before Hancock made his plea towards Premier League players, setting the example that Mills discusses.
He is spot on and it is another shining light on our midfielder’s example of being a role model in the game.
Henderson has matured so much as a football. Not just on the pitch, but off it as well. He deserves all the credit in the world for taking the initiative in the UK’s fight against coronavirus as a recognised sportsman.